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Forum planned

The Augusta alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in partnership with the Women’s Civic Club will hold a public forum at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum, 1116 Phillips Street

Senate District 22 candidates include Elmyria Chivers, Corey Johnson, and Harold Jones II are expected to participate.

Wilson House open

The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m during Masters Week.

Guided tours will be offered on the hour of the Civil War era main house, a service building and a carriage house.

The home is a National Historic Landmark and is located at 419 Seventh St.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and $4 for seniors.

For more information, visit or call Historic Augusta at (706) 724-0436.

Toastmasters meet

Riverwalk Toastmasters Public Speaking and Leadership club meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the University Hospital Education Wing, Third Floor, Room 3.

Additional information is available at, or call Sharma Pogula at (706) 855-1081.

Conference set

The Passover Prophetic Prayer Conference Gathering of the Eagles is planned at 7 p.m. April 16-18 and 9 a.m. April 19, at the Living Word Christian Center, 3018 Old McDuffie Road. Donation: $20.00

Vendors needed

Vendors are needed for the third annual GoodBoats for Goodwill Dragon Boat Festival, which will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3 at Lake Olmstead Park.

Individual or team paddlers for the competition are also needed. Dragon boats are provided.

For more information, call Nancy Browning at (706) 833-5938 or e-mail

Tax help

The Kroc Center is offering a free tax service sponsored by AARP Tax Aide.

Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10, 12 and 15. Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are preferred.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (706) 922-0171.

Derby Day

The Augusta Training Shop will hold Derby Day 2014 May 3 at the Legends Club.

The annual Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser will feature Southern cuisine, an open bar, outdoor games and a live stream of the Kentucky Derby.

The event will also feature live entertainment, a silent auction, a ladies’ hat contest and a men’s fashion contest.

Tickets to the event are $75 in advance and $90 at the door, and include food and beverages.

For more information about the training shop or to purchase a ticket, go to, or call (706) 738-1358.

Photo Contest

Phinizy Swamp is holding its annual Phinizy Swamp Nature Photo Contest through April 30.

Entries must be taken at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park and be received no later than 5 p.m. April 30.

Entry fee is $5 per photo entered.

Photos will be judged on creativity, originality and skill level.

Photo finalists will be notified by May 16.

Winners will be chosen in the following categories: scenic, wildlife, People’s Choice. The winners will be announced at a reception June 7.

For more information, go to

Arts awards

The Greater Augusta Arts Council is accepting nominations for awards to be given at its Annual Awards and Meeting, which will be held at Sacred Heart Cultural Center on June 19.

Awards will be given for individual artist, arts professional, arts volunteer, media, corporate sponsor and president’s award. (Nominations are not being accepted for the president’s award. This award winner is chosen by the Arts Council’s president.)

Nominating period will close at midnight April 26.

For more information or to nominate an artist, visit

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